Lina Ashar did her primary schooling in
England before moving to Australia, where she acquired her Bachelor’s degree in
Education from Melbourne’s Victoria College. In 1991, Lina came to India on a
year-long sabbatical from college, while connecting with her roots, she landed
up taking a school job in suburban Mumbai, an experience which changed her
life. Back then, the education system in India was still grappling with a
strait jacketed approach to education, leaving no scope for an overall
development of the child, which was a complete contrast to milieu of what she had studied. Lina chose to stay back
in India to change the antiquated approach to education which existed then.
Her conviction to offer an education which
sets the child as its centre led her to start her first preschool in Bandra
(Mumbai) in the year 1993 with 25 students. The journey from one Kangaroo Kids
Preschool to a network of Kangaroo Kids Preschools and Billabong High
International Schools across 29 different cities in India as well as in Dubai,
Maldives and Qatar has been a phenomenal one. Lina’s unique approach, injection
of potent solutions and radical processes to ensure that the quality of
education is improved was instantaneously well received and noted.
Lina has been promoting and practicing 'topic based learning' since 2002,
something that the Indian media lauded the Finland education system for, very
Lina has been extremely passionate about
creating a purpose of learning and allowing children to be thinkers,
innovators, problem solvers and to orchestrate experiences that will result in
their overall development. With an intention to spark human greatness in every
student, Lina was the first in the Indian education industry to introduce a
learner centric methodology and introduce innovative ways of learning by
providing an integrated activity and theme based learning.
The industry has recognised and awarded Lina
several times over for her unique and meaningful contributions to the sector,
notable among them being:
·Leading woman in education at the
women Leaders in India Awards 2015 by iiglobal
·Nationwide winner of the Best K12
innovative curriculum by Franchise India 2015
·Alumni Excellence winner by Australian
High Commission 2015
· Voted by over 500,00 people to the ‘MTC Global Top
10 Thinkers’ - 2015 among more than 35 nominees from different walks of life
whose work have significant impact in their sector, as determined by the
independent Board of Jury at MTC Global HQ.
·Lifetime Education Leadership Award by
·Key Speaker at the symposium of Indian
Career Education and Development Council (ICEDC) 2014 at the American School of Bombay
·Panelist at The Economic Times Future
of Learning Summit 2014
· Awarded Leading Women Entrepreneur Recognition
at several fora between 2010 and 2014, including Times of India and iGlobal.
Lina dreams of a society in which every child
enjoys the right to a joyful childhood and quality education.
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